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Vote soon about Comox Valley Regional District arts funding

The regional district is proposing to establish an arts and culture grant service that would provide annual, consistent funding for non-profits that own or operate community facilities and public meeting places.

The idea is to establish a five-year level of funding to provide greater financial certainty for organizations and the CVRD. The money would help maintain and promote arts and culture facilities.

Organizations that would initially receive funding under this service are:

• Comox Valley Art Gallery;

• Comox Valley Community Arts Council;

• Comox Valley Farmers' Market;

• Pearl Ellis Gallery of Fine Arts Society;

• Sid Williams Civic Theatre Society;

• Cumberland Museum and Archives;

• Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre;

• Comox Archives and Museum Society.

Taxpayers in electoral areas A (excluding Denman and Hornby Islands), B and C would fund the service.

If established, those with property assessed at $350,000 would pay an increase ranging from 75 cents to $2.50 in 2014, depending on the area. In subsequent years, the tax increase would be less than one dollar each year.

Before the service can be established, electors can have their say in an alternative approval process. The district may establish the service if less than 1,592 residents (10 per cent of electors in the proposed service area) sign and submit response forms opposing the service. If 1,592 or more responses are received, the CVRD board must obtain electoral approval by way of referendum before establishing the service.

Forms are available at the CVRD office at 600 Comox Rd. in Courtenay, or at www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/artsandculture. Deadline to submit is 4:30 p.m. Jan. 16.

For further information, call 250-334-6000, 1-800-331-6007 or e-mail administration@comoxvalleyrd.ca.

 

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